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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 4.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arizona 8.9% -4.5 +4.1
Phoenix 8.5% -4.3 +4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 316,267. There are now 104,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 211,581 -104,686 +107,519

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 8.9% 8.5% 211,581
April
2020
14.7% 13.4% 12.8% 316,267
March
2020
4.4% 6.1% 5.5% 137,048
February
2020
3.5% 4.5% 3.9% 98,235
January
2020
3.6% 4.5% 3.9% 98,430
December
2019
3.5% 4.5% 3.8% 97,168
November
2019
3.5% 4.5% 3.9% 97,875
October
2019
3.6% 4.5% 3.9% 98,828
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.0% 99,951
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.0% 101,196
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 102,378

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.